Program Details

Objectives :

The projects of the EXPLORING-INNOVATION program aim to explore the potential of emerging technologies with the objective of generating new ideas for applications and/or validating technological elements in the framework of applied research projects proposed and supervised by industry and led by researchers.

The research required in these projects is carried out mainly within universities, colleges and research centres. Exploration-Innovation projects typically have a duration of 3 years. The program is also a great training vehicle for graduate students in relation to concrete aerospace applications.

The CRIAQ team accompanies the project teams throughout the preparation of the research proposals.

Details on the expected projects:

  • The project must be partly related to an application: aeronautics, space, aviation or drone
  • Minimum partnership: 1 company and 1 eligible public research organisation
  • Maximum support is $500,000 per year, per project;
  • The maximum financial assistance can represent up to 40%* of the total cost of the project;
  • The total amount of government assistance can be up to 80% of the total cost of the project;
  • Private contributions must represent at least 20%* of the total cost of the project;

*The rate of support as well as the minimum private contribution expected depends on the project partnership – contact us about your project for more information.


  • A management fee on the total value of the project applies
  • Unsubsidised contributions may be eligible for tax credits, including the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, according to the current criteria of these programs.

Artificial Intelligence Component :

In order to propel Quebec companies towards the adoption of new, more efficient, more current and more competitive production methods, the Quebec government has a strategy complementary to the Quebec aerospace strategy and the research and innovation strategy to fund artificial intelligence (AI) projects. Collaborative projects that aim to explore the potential of emerging technologies related to the use of AI are invited to let us know in order to benefit from the strategy’s support (note that the same program parameters apply).